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Trash or Treasure: A Pre-Fender Fender

March 24, 2016
A visit to a yard sale and $50 yield a rare amp with some very cool history behind it.
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Last Call: “Do Not Fear Mistakes. There Are None.”

March 22, 2016
The artist’s path has hurdles. Don’t get caught up on them.
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Tuning Up: Burn Your Woodshed (Gambling and the Creativity Paradox)

March 18, 2016
What science says about the likelihood of you hitting guitar gold.
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On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
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Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

March 14, 2016
Apple’s new Music Memos app is a godsend for guitarists on the go.
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Staff Picks: Golden Guitar

March 13, 2016
Filter frontman and guitarist Richard Patrick joins us in naming our favorite pioneering players of early rock ’n’ roll.
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Bass Bench: Cold Facts About Strings

March 11, 2016
Can ultra-low temperatures benefit your instrument’s tone?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Originality Quandary

March 7, 2016
“All original” is a desired trait in a vintage guitar, but what if that guitar is essentially unplayable?
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Reader Guitar of the Month: "Nagel" Kramer Baretta

March 7, 2016
A reader scores his ideal ’80s guitar, with historic art included.
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Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

March 4, 2016
Can you merge the best qualities of a Strat and Tele?
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Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Fender Electric Mandolin

March 1, 2016
Fender’s electric mandolin was endorsed by leading musicians of the day, yet it never achieved the popularity of traditional Gibson acoustic mandos.
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Tuning Up: The Periodic Pedal-Purge Imperative

February 29, 2016
The straight dope on why a stripped-down sonic self-inventory is a must for every stompbox junky.
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Tools for the Task: Cables

February 26, 2016
Is it time to take inventory?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
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Ask Amp Man: Diagnosing an Ailing Blues Junior

February 23, 2016
A blown fuse can mean your amp has bigger problems. Here’s how to find them.
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Tone Tips: Overdrives and Distortions and Boosts, Oh My

February 22, 2016
Demystifying the wizardry of the most popular pedal family.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Frankenstein Jazzcaster

February 21, 2016
This reader made his own fusion of the Telecaster, Jazzmaster, and Stratocaster.
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Guitar Shop 101: “Decking” a Stratocaster Trem

February 19, 2016
It’s not for everyone, but locking down a Strat trem can resolve many tuning issues.
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